Contentment + Gratitude = Peace

peaceIn light of the current economic recession, I found myself pondering lately on how I’m incredibly blessed to have a stable job, right now. And not only is it stable, I truly feel that with this job, I am being paid for my hobbies, too! To wake up on Monday mornings excited to go to work is something I don’t take lightly. I am grateful that I am not only passionate about the work that I do, but also because I work with people whom I trust and consider friends… a very important factor, I believe. I can honestly say that in the last four years working where I work, I haven’t felt an ounce of stress, at all. Being in the office, in fact, does not feel all that much different from staying at home, either. This is just ridiculously good! Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder how much longer I can get away with it.

But even that’s only the beginning.

The real story I wanted to tell here is what dawned on me, this past couple of days. I realized that I have been debt-free for exactly one year now. Yes!!! I was able to pay off everything I owed right about the time the economy was beginning to falter. After having religiously lived like a broke college student (okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but you know what I mean…) for many years, I was now able to breath freely and… well, not hesitate to fill up the tank and go for a joy ride, every now and then.

But wait… here’s the cherry on top of the whipped cream. Right after my debt was paid off, I set up an automated savings account just so I can get myself back to financial normalcy without having to think about it, all the time. Now, I had forgotten about this account. Yesterday, I decided to give it a look. Well, what do you know? I was surprised to find in there – well, let’s just say a substantial amount I’ve never had before! Just like that! I was like… gee wiz, if not for my occasional trips to Guitar Center (which, by the way, can be hazardous to a struggling musician’s financial health), I would’ve ended up with much more! Haha! Nope, not complaining at all!

Anyhow, I’m not saying this is a lot or even a big deal of a case. Circumstances are obviously different for everyone. But for a single guy who loves the simple life and doesn’t need much (well, sans the occasional musical acquisitions), this is absolutely monumental. Yet, I don’t think my spending habits have changed much at all, after all these years. When you’ve trained yourself to be content out of necessity, contentment eventually becomes a comfortable way of life… even long after necessity has expired. And this goes beyond mere finances, of course! When you are grateful for the littlest things that come your way, trust me, the peace it allows you is simply priceless. And no matter where we’re at in life, isn’t peace what we all crave for, ultimately?

I thought so. Especially, in times like these.

8 thoughts on “Contentment + Gratitude = Peace

  1. congrats! it’s funny, well not funny, how sometimes we only know how great things are when compare to certain things, it’s not every day everyone goes to work and be grateful, it’s not always viewed with kindness, guess it’s all in one’s perspective, though I am very grateful myself for having a job

    don’t know if peace is what I crave, more like an accumulation of useless things which usually makes me happy…suppose peace can be interpret in many ways…

    1. Thanks, Lissa. I guess what I really mean when I say peace is peace of mind. I’m not sure it is possible to not care for it, in the least.

  2. It’s good advice. We’re in a good place too… sheltered a bit up here. But it’s good to feel secure and to be able to enjoy the simple things.

    Nice to have you back. 🙂

  3. That is fantastic. To be debt free and to actually really enjoy your work is awesome. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person, in my opinion. I am truly glad for you!!!

  4. Hello again Chris, I noted a comment from you over at Sel’s! So nice to have you back to blogging.

    I congratulate you on being debt-free for a year, that is a big achievement and one to be proud of. Well done.

    Stop by when you have time, I’m still over at MPP.

    Take care, G

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